Study of Sports Psychological Variables in Relation to Different Playing Positions in Field Hockey
Author(s): Dr. Shamsher Kasnia and Dr. Sandeep Dhull
Abstract: The Study is an attempt to find out the impact of level of Sports Competition Anxiety and Sports Aggression of National/Inter-University Hockey players with respect to different playing positions. The subjects were classified into Attackers and Defenders based on their playing positions as the Full Backs and Half-Backs were categorized into Defenders and Inside Forwards, Wingers and Centre Forwards were classified into Forwards based on the traditional playing positions in Asian Style of Field Hockey and a total of 100 subjects were selected, out of which 50 were attacker male hockey players and 50 were defender male hockey players. The age of the subjects ranged from 18 to 24 years. To measure the level of Anxiety the standardized test of Sports Competition Anxiety Test constructed by Marten et al., 1990 and for the psychological variable of Aggression the standardized test of Sports Aggression Inventory developed and prepared by Prof. Anand Kumar Shrivastava and Prem Shankar Shukla was used. The independent samples t-test was applied to assess the significance of difference among the attacker and defender playing positions of national level male hockey players. After analyzing the results of the study, it was concluded that there was no significant difference on the psychological variable of Anxiety but there was significant difference between the aggression level of attacker and defender male hockey players.